Quaker Oats Company, a member of PepsiCo as of 2001, first introduced Quaker Instant Oatmeal in 1966. Oatmeal provides essential vitamins and minerals, which help to promote heart health and general well-being. Oatmeal contains both insoluble and soluble fiber and is a valuable source of whole grains. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, fiber, particularly soluble fiber, helps to maintain stable blood sugar levels by slowing down the process of digestion. Oatmeal also satisfies hunger, making a person feel fuller.
Each box of Quaker Instant Oatmeal contains eight pouches. Nutritional information based on one packet of Original Quaker Instant Oatmeal includes a single-serving size equal to 28 g. The oatmeal comes in a variety of flavors such as Original, Maple & Brown Sugar, Apples & Cinnamon, Cinnamon Roll, Cinnamon & Spice, Raisin and Spice, Raisin, Date and Walnut, Strawberries and Cream and Peaches and Cream.
Calories, Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium
One serving of Original Quaker Instant Oatmeal has 100 calories, with 20 calories from fat. One serving has a total fat content of 2 g, with 0 g of saturated fat, 0 g of trans fat, 0.5 g of polyunsaturated fat and 0.5 g of monounsaturated fat. A single serving provides 3 percent of the daily value of total fat based on a 2,000-calorie diet. This single serving provides 3 percent of the daily value for sodium, with 75 mg.
Carbohydrates and Protein
One serving of Original Quaker Instant Oatmeal contains 19 g of total carbohydrates, providing 6 percent daily value, with 3 g of dietary fiber, providing 11 percent daily value, and 0 g of sugars. Fiber helps to slow the absorption of sugar, keeping blood glucose levels more even. A single serving of the oatmeal provides 4 g of protein.
Vitamins and Minerals
Original Quaker Instant Oatmeal contains the fat-soluble vitamin A, providing 25 percent daily value. A single serving provides 10 percent daily value of calcium, 40 percent of iron, 10 percent of phosphorus and 8 percent of magnesium. The U.S. Department of Agricultural recommends eating at least three servings of whole grains daily, as they may help to decrease the risk of heart disease.
Ingredients include whole grain rolled oats, oat flour, calcium carbonate, salt, guar gum, caramel color, reduced iron and vitamin A palmitate. White flour has calcium carbonate — essentially chalk, added to it as a source of calcium. Guar gum is a water-thickening agent similar to cornstarch used to thicken the oatmeal after adding water.